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President confers Nishan-i-Imtiaz on Sindh Governor

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Karachi, December 25, 2012 (PPI-OT): President Asif Ali Zardari today decorated Dr. Ishrat Ul Ebad Khan, Governor Sindh, with Nishan-e-Imtiaz, the highest civil award, in recognition of his meritorious public services here at Governor House Karachi during a special investiture ceremony.

Federal and provincial ministers, parliamentarians, businessmen and people from various walks of life attended the ceremony.

Prominent among those, who attended the meeting, included federal ministers Rehman Malik, Naveed Qamar and Dr. Farooq Sattar, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Petroleum and Natural Resources Dr. Asim Hussain, Federal Ombudsman Salam Faruqui, Sindh ministers Pir Mazhar ul Haq, Sharjeel Inam Memon, Manzoor Wassan, Syed Murad Ali Shah, Syed Sardar Ahmed, and Special Assistant to Sindh Chief Minster Ms. Sharmila Faruqui.

The citation read on the occasion said:

“Dr. Ishrat Ul Ebad Khan, appointed as the youngest governor of Sindh province on December 27, 2002, has become the longest serving Governor in the country.

Dr. Ishrat Ul Ebad made significant contributions in the diverse sectors, such as foreign investment, infrastructure development, law and order, education, interfaith harmony and relief activities. During his tenure a massive infrastructure, in terms of networks of roads, flyovers, bridges, underpasses, water supply schemes, public transport system, public housing and support facilities was built.

Sindh witnessed phenomenal infrastructural growth during his Governorship. The development of “Bagh-e-Ibne Qasim” park is a case in point. He made qualitative development in the Higher Education sector. Under Dr. Ishrat Ul Ebad Khan major improvements in foreign investment were observed. Trade and Industry witnessed accelerated growth and public private partnership in identified areas flourished.

Realizing the importance of energy for growth of industry, he made strenuous efforts in oil and gas investment and exploration in the Province.

Owing to his passion for the promotion of art and culture, he revitalized institutions such as “Arts Council of Pakistan”, “the National Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA)” and Koocha-e-Saqafat. He also infused a new spirit in the Citizen Police Liaison Committee (CPLC). He was instrumental in steering legislation against social evils such as “Karokari”. He led from the front the release of crew members of two cargo ships from the Somalian pirates.

In recognition of his meritorious services in the field of Public Service, the President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan has been pleased to confer on
Dr. Ishrat Ul Ebad Khan, the award of “Nishan-i-Imtiaz”.

In his felicitation message the President said that the conferment of award upon Dr. Ishrat Ul Ebad Khan was well-deserved and recognition of his devotion, dedication and outstanding contributions for the cause of public service.

The President also congratulated MQM chief Mr. Altaf Hussain on the occasion.

For more information, contact:
Sindh Governor House
Syed Wajahat Ali
Press Secretary to Governor
Tel: 99201217, 99201201-3


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